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post #61 of 76
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 Need to get home today to see if Ziggy still remembers us of if he'd prefer to stay with the dog sitter. 

Hmm, looks like he's considering his options. You'd better be ready with some treats!
post #62 of 76
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Phil and I were thinking bout our expenses of this trip and both of us noted what an amazing bargain our National Parks are. 

 

If you haven't taken the time to visit some of these amazing places, you should do yourself a favor and make the time. 

 

The National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, are an incredible bargain in comparison to what you get out of them.  Heck, they are a bargain no matter what you get out of it. 

 

We paid 25.00/car for a pass to the South Rim.  The pass was good for 7 days. 

Of course there are free pass for active military, senior rates, etc.....

 

Tell me where you can get 7 days of access to anything as amazing as this for this price.  Other National Park prices can vary, but still ......

We are truly fortunate to have this greatness available for such a bargain. 

post #63 of 76
Did y'all ever wish on the trip that you had a "Power Switch" button for some....extra power??
Ya know a Prius has one.
Maybe next trip.
post #64 of 76
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Phil and I were thinking bout our expenses of this trip and both of us noted what an amazing bargain our National Parks are. 

If you haven't taken the time to visit some of these amazing places, you should do yourself a favor and make the time. 

The National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, are an incredible bargain in comparison to what you get out of them.  Heck, they are a bargain no matter what you get out of it. 

We paid 25.00/car for a pass to the South Rim.  The pass was good for 7 days. 
Of course there are free pass for active military, senior rates, etc.....

Tell me where you can get 7 days of access to anything as amazing as this for this price.  Other National Park prices can vary, but still ......
We are truly fortunate to have this greatness available for such a bargain. 
+1. I don't know how much the system-wide pass is these days, but not too long ago it was $75/year. Again, not half bad.
post #65 of 76

£80 for the system pass last year- covered a trip Yellowstone, GTNP, Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Navajo NM, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon and RMNP over a couple of weeks last year.  Only frustration as a tourist is State Parks are obviously outside the Federal system, and therefore it's a deterrent e.g. to pop into Dead Horse Point as an obvious adjacent addition.

post #66 of 76
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Did y'all ever wish on the trip that you had a "Power Switch" button for some....extra power??
Ya know a Prius has one.
Maybe next trip.

I'll defer to @Philpug on that topic :D

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+1. I don't know how much the system-wide pass is these days, but not too long ago it was $75/year. Again, not half bad.

I think it may still be $75/year. 

 

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£80 for the system pass last year- covered a trip Yellowstone, GTNP, Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Navajo NM, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon and RMNP over a couple of weeks last year.  Only frustration as a tourist is State Parks are obviously outside the Federal system, and therefore it's a deterrent e.g. to pop into Dead Horse Point as an obvious adjacent addition.

I'm sure the state park prices vary from state to state, but I can't imagine that they are too costly.  Now I'm curious what the average state park pass is. 

post #67 of 76
I think I paid $10 extra for Monique's Michigan-based camping van license tag for unlimited access to state parks there. The tag has a "P" on the number.
post #68 of 76
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I'll defer to @Philpug on that topic :D

I think it may still be $75/year. 

 

I'm sure the state park prices vary from state to state, but I can't imagine that they are too costly.  Now I'm curious what the average state park pass is. 

 

Oops obvious typo above $80 not £80.  Dead Horse was $10 a vehicle - fine for all day use, not great (comparatively) for just nipping in for 15 mins on our way into Canyonlands to tick off another viewpoint and grab a couple of snaps.  Most SPs I've come across seem to be in the $8-$12 bracket although sometimes only charged on vehicles/parking.

post #69 of 76
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Oops obvious typo above $80 not £80.  Dead Horse was $10 a vehicle - fine for all day use, not great (comparatively) for just nipping in for 15 mins on our way into Canyonlands to tick off another viewpoint and grab a couple of snaps.  Most SPs I've come across seem to be in the $8-$12 bracket although sometimes only charged on vehicles/parking.

I agree that it seems that 10/car load is perceived to be 'not great' for a 15 minute stop over, but we pay that per person for a movie ticket, or a meal at a restaurant. 

 

I'm impressed with the care our National(and State) Parks are maintained, and gladly pay the $$ to enjoy them. 

post #70 of 76
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I agree that it seems that 10/car load is perceived to be 'not great' for a 15 minute stop over, but we pay that per person for a movie ticket, or a meal at a restaurant. 

 

I'm impressed with the care our National(and State) Parks are maintained, and gladly pay the $$ to enjoy them. 

 

Agree and the example I gave was really a trade off of time with plenty of other things to do rather than cheapness.  When we saw it was another $10 and we were up against the clock to get through other places and get to where we wanted to be for sunset it was a easy waive. Probably spent more in gas driving out to that farthest viewpoint anyway.

 

Other trivia - I was told very politely I couldn't briefly charge my camera battery at a NP visitor centre because it was a government building. Whether this was a homeland security thing or simply a policy to prevent being overrun (it was off peak season and very few visitors) I don't know.

post #71 of 76
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post #72 of 76

That's nuts - traffic between Madison and Old Faithful must be about the highest in the whole park.  All that West Yellowstone traffic having to go the long way round both directions - yikes

 

Edit - the truth beyond the sensationalism appears somewhat more prosaic - move along now nothing to see here http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/14047.htm

post #73 of 76
one of the most visited state parks in NY is on top of a sewage treatment plant in Manhattan.

RSP_aerial_view.jpg

http://nysparks.com/parks/93/details.aspx

i think one of the smallest state parks in the country is in Santa Fe.
post #74 of 76

Thread drift ahead...

I just got back from a trip to Arkansas, and saw your title.  While we were in Eureka Springs, we saw this place.  Amazing!  I'm not much of a church guy -- as Emerson said, I'll take my religion outside -- but if I had to go to church, this would be OK with me.

 

Thorncrown Chapel:  http://www.thorncrown.com/largegallery.html

post #75 of 76
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That's nuts - traffic between Madison and Old Faithful must be about the highest in the whole park.  All that West Yellowstone traffic having to go the long way round both directions - yikes

 

Edit - the truth beyond the sensationalism appears somewhat more prosaic - move along now nothing to see here http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/14047.htm

I figured the road closure would be temporary, but still.....it makes you wonder how volatile that area is when a story like this pops up.  

We live in a wonderful and mysterious world. 

 

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Thread drift ahead...

I just got back from a trip to Arkansas, and saw your title.  While we were in Eureka Springs, we saw this place.  Amazing!  I'm not much of a church guy -- as Emerson said, I'll take my religion outside -- but if I had to go to church, this would be OK with me.

 

Thorncrown Chapel:  http://www.thorncrown.com/largegallery.html

Oh Wow, that's gorgeous. 

Side note: My nephew'ss wedding was not actually in a church, but outside.  It was really nice. 

post #76 of 76
Wow! First time I ever wanted to live in Arkansas...
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